How to Identify Songs You are or were Listening to

There are times when you cannot remember that song stuck in your head, or when you are humming the song but cannot exactly identify the name of it or you could be humming the tune in your head but cannot get to it so you could re-listen to it.

With a couple of tricks, and the help of several apps, searches and websites solely built for the purpose of identifying songs, you can easily master the art of it. In this guide, i will walk you trough various Methods that will help you easily identify songs for yourself and your buddies.

Method 1: Through a Smartphone App

Shazam and SoundHound are two very popular smartphone applications available on both iOS and Android which can record on the fly a short sample of the song, search for it all over the internet and give you the name of the song and artist in a few moments. Almost too good to be true. The app is ideal when you want to identify the song you’re currently listening to

All you need is to keep the applications installed beforehand, and when you hear the song, just run Shazam/Soundhound and tap the screen to start recording and analyzing the song.

Download Links:

Shazam for iOSAndroid

SoundHound for iOSAndroid

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Method 2: Through is website similar to the applications mentioned above, but it is for desktop computers. also needs a little piece of recording of the song to identify it. So if you hear a song you want to hear later again, simply record it in your phone first.

If you are listening to the song on your computer, you can record it with Windows built in Sound Recorder. Before starting to record, you will have to Enable Stereo Mix so the Sound recorder can record the audio played in your computer. To do so, right click on the volume icon and click Recording devices.


Right click on an empty area and make sure “View Disabled Devices” and “View Disconnected Devices” are checked.

Stereo Mix icon or Rec. playback will appear. Right click on it and click Enable. If there is no Stereo mix icon then you cannot record the song you are playing without a microphone. Again right click on it and click Set as default device.


Now to open the Sound Recorder, Hold Windows Key and Press R. Type SoundRecorder.exe and Press EnterSound Recorder will open. Record the song now.

Once you have saved your recording, go back to the Recording Devices and choose Microphone as your default device as you would need it to enable to listen to your recorded song.


Once you have the recording of the target song, log on to Click on Click and Sing Or Hum button. Confirm and allow any warning or confirmation messages and play the recorded song so that can hear it.


If you have a recording of the song on your mobile, play it next to your microphone. You can even sing the target song yourself if you can remember it and don’t have its recording. If you have a laptop, a microphone would be built in; otherwise you will have to get an external microphone. will automatically stop recording when it has enough data to search for the song. After a few seconds of searching, it will bring up the results.

Solution 3: Googling

If you do not remember the full song, but lyrics then a quick Google search can search and pull up the full song from thousands of sites with the most relevant being displayed on the top. For example, if you remember the line “Near, far, wherever you are” from the song “My heart will go on”, you can type it onto Google and it will find it.

Simply go to and key in the line you remember and add “lyrics” to the end.


After you have identified the title, you can search for it on YouTube to listen to it.

Solution 4: Use WatZatSong

WatZatSong is a community of people who would love to hear your song and identify it. Go to

Click on Post a Sample. You will have to sign up and then sign in. Once you have signed in, either you can record the song by playing it on your microphone if you have one or upload a prerecorded file by selecting Upload. Select the Genre and language, and whatever you can remember that can help others find the song. Then click Confirm. Record or upload your song and don’t lose your hopes. This site is filled with music enthusiasts so someone would have heard it somewhere.


Kevin Arrows

Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.
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